Black Canyon Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews

Black Canyon Trail is a 9.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Selah, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, and horses and is best used from April until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2693 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
3 months ago

4 months ago

This trail is desert, high chapparrel, Forest, with a sage meadow on summit. Bring extra water or filter pills as there is a creek flowing down the canyon. Most of the canyon is a gradual rise, and reaching the summit is worth the trek. you see the Ellensburg valley, and the Stewart Mt. range in the distance. The wildflower are beautiful ly diverse, and the low Meadows and rustic homestead are about half way up. Small creatures and snakes abound, and bring repellent for flyers.

hiking
6 months ago

If you want to see what the trail looks like, check out: https://youtu.be/06Qy0Aot6z0
Total 1-way distance: 3.42 miles
Some trail info:
- There's still snow on the north side of the canyon, but it's melting. As a result, the snowmelt is pooling up or running under the still-melting snow. Be careful where you step on the snow or your feet will get wet! I wore my trail runners, and while my feet did get wet, they dried out quickly. No blisters either.
- Because of the snow I would also recommend poles.
- The "road" to the trailhead (Black Canyon Road) is very bumpy. If you don't have AWD or an SUV, I would recommend parking at the start of the road (right off N. Wenas Road) and walking from there. It's an extra two miles round trip (9 miles total).
- The end of the trail is very windy, so bring a windbreaker and gloves if you want to stay warm in the spring!
- No wildflowers yet; I'm guessing they'll show up in May. They apparently make the hike a very pretty one.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Cooler than the general temperatures in surrounding areas, nice breeze when the climb gets tough. You can enjoy wildflowers even when they are done at most other hiking places in the area.

hiking
Thursday, June 09, 2016

The off roading made one's in the vehicle feel adventurous and spontaneous. The road was rocky but well worth the drive. DO NOT TAKE A FORD FOCUS. Truck is suggested. We decided to park .3 miles from the trailhead to avoid turbulence. Not to add, but to also be one with nature. The landscape was.... Breathtaking. We started our ascend up the glorious canyon. The luscious tall grass, elegant butterflies that passed, and the aroma of alluring flowers made this trail a must see. The suggestion of a nearby trickling creek would've made this attraction a 10/10 would recommend. The creek was a TEASE. To the west, Halfway up, a rustic cottage appeared in a meadow. We decided to venture closer. What lies was truly SHOCKING. DO NOT READ AHEAD WITHOUT PARENTAL GUIDANCE...

M.A. risked it all as he continued ahead through the rugged brush. As he ventured closer and closer, he heard rustling nearby. Suddenly, a flock of plump grouse rose to the sky, knocking M.A. backwards. M.K. caught him as they both continued on. L.B. was along as well, although he turned into a giant wiener. Once inside, they all noticed the vibrant interior. It was missing one thing though. M.K began to carve a mural to memorialize the trip. She soon grew tired and tapped M.A. in to finish the job. L.B. wouldn't stop rushing them but eventually M.A. finished. As M.A. and M.K. were mesmerized by their creation, L.B. urged them to wander back to the trail. They turned to continue up the route but were stopped by L.B. The confrontation turned sour quick. L.B. insisted on turning back. M.A. and M.K. attempted to change L.B.'s mind but he turned his back and headed down without them. Feeling defeated and with a heavy heart, M.A. and M.K. followed. The walk back was awkward to say the least. Even though L.B. crushed their spirits, they did allow him to be in their selfie.

P.S. - very good hike

- M.A. M.K.

hiking
Friday, May 27, 2016

hiking
Sunday, May 08, 2016

The road to trailhead is awful 4x4 is a must. The actual hike is good we hiked about 1.25 miles to a little hide cabin which was great for pictures. Watch for snakes....

hiking
Friday, April 08, 2016

Nice hike. As mentioned the road is rough we bottomed out in our mini van a few times. The trail gets prettier after you turn right at the fork. Hiked in early April, everything green and lots of springs.

hiking
Sunday, May 10, 2015

The actually trail was great, beautiful views and lots of wild flowers and butterflies- we even saw a little lizard! The cons for for me would be that there's no visable sign from the highway for Black Canyon Road. The only marker is situated about 50 feet from the road, we drove right past it the first time. Also, the mile of driving to get to the trail head is very rough, lots of rocks and unlevel ground. We bottomed out a few times heading up, though, we did have my husband and I, our 3 kids and dog with us. After the hike my husband drove to the bottom of the hill solo and the kids and I walked and met him. He coasted down just fine minus hundreds of pounds! Conclusion is it's a great hike, just be aware of the rough road and keep your eyes peeled for the turn off, which is shortly after you pass the lake.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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